The Meaning Behind The Song: Butterflies by NEWN
As a music teacher, I often find myself exploring various genres and discovering new songs that resonate with me. One song that has stayed with me since I first heard it is “Butterflies” by NEWN. I remember stumbling upon this song while browsing through a playlist at a friend’s house, and from the moment it started playing, I was captivated.
The lyrics of “Butterflies” reflect the emotions and vulnerability that come with being in love and dealing with a broken relationship. The verses depict the longing for someone who seems to have drifted away, leaving the protagonist with nail marks and sweaty palms, constantly wondering what went wrong. The lines “Haven’t heard from you in far too long, hoping you’re okay” evoke a sense of longing and concern.
The chorus of the song unveils the internal struggle of the protagonist. They question whether apologies and declarations of love would be enough to restore the broken bond between them and their lover. “If I tell you I’m sorry, would you tell me you want me? Forget our broken history, forget about the misery,” expresses the desperate plea for reconciliation and a yearning to leave the past behind.
The bridge adds a layer of complexity to the song, highlighting the tug-of-war between the protagonist’s desire to protect themselves and their willingness to be hurt again. The lines “Break me once that’s shame on you, break me twice that’s deja vu” emphasize the fear of being vulnerable once more. Yet, despite the pain, the protagonist confesses they are a fool for their lover and willing to be broken again.
The song’s repetitive chorus serves as a reminder of the protagonist’s constant struggle to mend the relationship. The repetition also reinforces the importance of closeness and connection, as the protagonist repeatedly asks their lover to “get closer.”
“Butterflies” holds a special place for me because it beautifully captures the complexities of love and heartbreak. It reminds me of my own experiences with relationships, where I’ve felt the same longing and hope for reconciliation. Through this song, NEWN has transformed emotions into a melodic masterpiece.
The songwriting duo of Eric Elgin and Elliot Lanam deserve recognition for their poetic and relatable lyrics. Their collaboration on “Butterflies” showcases their talent for crafting emotional narratives that resonate with listeners.
Released on June 19, 2020, “Butterflies” has gained popularity among music lovers who appreciate its heartfelt lyrics and infectious melody. It serves as a reminder that love can be both beautiful and painful, and that sometimes, the most difficult relationships are the ones worth fighting for.
So, the next time you find yourself reflecting on a broken relationship or yearning for someone’s return, give “Butterflies” by NEWN a listen. Let yourself be carried away by its evocative lyrics and enchanting melodies, and perhaps you’ll find solace and understanding in the emotional rollercoaster it depicts.